In a major development, Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has accused Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Sharma of sexual harassment. India’s top wrestlers, including Bajrang Punia, Sangeeta Phogat, Sonam Malik, Anshu Malik, protested against the way the federation was functioning at Jantar Mantar.
Vinesh Phogat was quoted as saying “Women wrestlers have been sexually harassed in national camps by coaches and WFI president Brijbhushan Sharan Sharma.” Indian Express.
“Some coaches at national camps have been sexually harassing female wrestlers for years. The president of the WFI has also been implicated in sexual harassment. Many young women wrestlers have reported being sexually harassed at national camps. Complained and cried.
Earlier in the day, Vinesh had criticized the federation in a tweet, claiming that despite all efforts, wrestlers were not getting support.
In conversation with Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Bajrang Punya PTI saidIt is now an all out battle.‘ (It is a fight to the finish).’ Bajrang’s support staff, including his coach Sujit Mann and physio Anand Dubey, also took part in the protest.
Brijbhushan Sharan Sharma has been the chairman since 2011. He was elected as WFI President for the third consecutive term in February 2019.
Meanwhile, WFI assistant secretary Vinod Tomar had earlier noted that he was not aware of the reason behind the protest. He also said that when the protesting wrestlers meet the federation, the issues will be resolved.
Tomar said, “Don’t know what it is all about, however, we got to know from the letter written to the WFI president that some wrestlers are sitting on protest. I have come to ask them about their problem.” The year.
Tomar also claimed that the protesting wrestlers did not raise any issue with the federation. “They still haven’t told me what their complaint is. So far no issue has been raised with me or with the federation,” he added.